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The Border Between Us

  • July 10, 2012
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“There is a cyclone fence between ourselves and the slaughter and behind it we hover in a calm protected world like netted fish/exactly like netted fish/It is either the beginning or the end of the world/and the choice is ourselves or nothing.”

Carolyn Forche, “Ourselves or Nothing.”

Showing the humanity and foresight for which he and his...

Casualties of the border

  • April 12, 2012
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The news that a British helicopter may have been involved in the ‘left-to-die’ boat on which 63 refugees drowned and starved to death fleeing Libya for Lampedusa last year is shameful, but not at all surprising.

In May last year William Hague rejected calls from the Italian government to ‘share the burden’ of refugees fleeing the...

Bordergate: Act II

  • November 16, 2011
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The plot thickens regarding the ‘Bordergate’ scandal.  Yesterday the outgoing chief of the UK Border Agency Brodie Clark and UKBA’s new executive director Rob Whiteman gave what were essentially incompatible versions of the same events to parliament.

Clark denied suggestions that he was a ‘rogue officer’ and insisted that last summer’s relaxed border checks had...

Cameron reclaims ‘our borders’ (again)

  • October 11, 2011
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Having failed to win the nation over with his condemnations of Britain’s ‘sogginess’ and lack of backbone at the Tory Conference of the Damned,  David Cameron yesterday delivered  yet another ‘major speech’ on immigration, which  set new standards of populist rabble-rousing.

As always this latest intervention was dressed up  as a courageous and...

Black cat’s something May can’t explain

  • October 05, 2011
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It’s the Conservative conference and your government hasn’t got a great deal to offer the electorate or its core constituency except misery, gloom and exhortations to grit your teeth and bear the pain.  OK,  George Osborne has tried his best, promising the conference

together we will ride out the storm.  And...

Cameron Lets the Dogs Out

  • April 15, 2011
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Put yourself in David Cameron’s shoes.   May council elections are just around the corner and your Coalition government is taking a relentless political kicking.   Your cuts agenda is not only looking cruel but also incompetent, and now even the Royal College of Nursing has taken the unprecedented step of a no confidence vote...

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